Polar Vortex not expected at Super Bowl
With the Super Bowl being played in north New Jersey, the question on everyone’s minds has been whether the weather will be about average in the Northeast (mid 30s) on Sunday or if the extreme cold and snow that the area has been experiencing this month will give this year’s NFL title game the nickname of Polar Bowl.
AccuWeather has been tracking conditions since Dec. 18 on www.WillitSnow.com and the latest forecast indicates players may expect a typical winter day and average chilly temperatures when they take to the field at MetLife Stadium on Sunday evening.
Forecasters with AccuWeather agree that although there may be light snow the day before the game, the brutal cold air of the Polar Vortex will not be present. Temperatures and precipitation will be more consistent with what is considered average for early February, with a daytime high in the 30s. As the first Big Game in history to be played in an open air stadium in a cold weather city, AccuWeather believes players and fans will be relatively lucky in terms of weather.
“Given the time of year and location, we're expecting the best possible conditions, as the Big Game is being played in between arctic systems,” said Henry Margusity, expert senior meteorologist at AccuWeather. “By game time, temperatures will be falling into the 20s and the RealFeel Temperature could be in the teens, but players have certainly dealt with this and even worse conditions before.”
Even in lieu of snow, temperature – and perceived temperature – can be an important concern. When the RealFeel Temperature is very low, players can not only feel cold, but the cold may affect their ability to catch and grip the football and to stay in the game for prolonged periods. The temperature expected for Sunday does not seem to present these challenges.
“Though it seems like we may have escaped the worst in terms of possible weather conditions for game day, there is still a chance that snow and other disruptive winter weather could be a factor in the game,” said Evan Myers, chief operating officer and senior vice president for AccuWeather.
Precipitation, whether in the form of snow or rain, can be a major concern for any outdoor game. Wind can also have a significant impact on the game with strong winds running parallel to the field which can add or subtract lengths to kickoffs, field goals, and long passes.
In addition to its game day forecast, AccuWeather offers ongoing updates at www.WillitSnow.com.
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The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
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